mi·​cro·​man·​age | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈma-nij How to pronounce micromanage (audio) \
micromanaged; micromanaging; micromanages

Definition of micromanage

transitive verb

: to manage especially with excessive control or attention to details

intransitive verb

: to direct or conduct the activities of a group or an enterprise by micromanaging them

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Other Words from micromanage

micromanagement \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈma-​nij-​mənt How to pronounce micromanage (audio) \ noun
micromanager \ ˌmī-​krō-​ˈma-​ni-​jər How to pronounce micromanage (audio) \ noun

Examples of micromanage in a Sentence

He micromanaged every detail of the budget.
Recent Examples on the Web Third, with general objectives translated into a set of specific deliverables, the manager no longer needs to micromanage the activities of their team every day or every hour. Robert Pozen, Fortune, "A new measure of success: Counting hours worked isn’t cutting it anymore," 20 Apr. 2021 While stakeholder insights are crucial during the initial stages, this can be complex if the involved parties micromanage your activities. Indre Deksnyte, Forbes, "Five Tips For Creating A Successful Digital Marketing Strategy," 15 Apr. 2021 Some former officials characterized Mr. Ghani as being compelled to micromanage, including involving himself in the details of military matters and personnel decisions even down to the local police chief level. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Afghan President in ‘Desperate Situation’ as His Power Is Undermined," 10 Apr. 2021 Hinojosa, also a Democrat, added that the bill would micromanage local governments and possibly impede their functions. Dallas News, "‘Back the Blue Act’ passes Texas Senate committee as GOP seeks to rein in defunding efforts," 23 Mar. 2021 Empower the federal government to micromanage polling stations, hours, early-voting locations, and drop boxes, no matter what local traditions or practicality dictates. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Sorry, Stacey Abrams, H.R. 1 Exemplifies the Need for the Filibuster," 22 Mar. 2021 Like many parents just trying to get to the other side of a pandemic in one piece, Iris Lowenberg-Lin doesn’t have the bandwidth to micromanage screen time for her two older kids. Washington Post, "Growing up on screens: How a year lived online has changed our children," 4 Mar. 2021 It’s not my role to babysit or micromanage my team. Taja Dockendorf, Forbes, "How To Lead By Example And Encourage Employees To Fuel Their Own Growth," 4 Mar. 2021 With a wider range of products available bearing Windows OS, and more freedom to modify and micromanage the computer’s storage and functionality, PCs tend to be the pick for many offices and households, as both desktop computers and laptops alike. Zachary Visconti, chicagotribune.com, "Mac vs. PC: which is better?," 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of micromanage

1976, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of micromanage was in 1976

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24 Apr 2021

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“Micromanage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micromanage. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of micromanage

chiefly US : to try to control or manage all the small parts of (something, such as an activity) in a way that is usually not wanted or that causes problems

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